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Southern Bracket: the shelf fungus

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Southern Bracket: the shelf fungus

Thorncombe Wood, near Hardy's Cottage at Lower Bockhampton, has many splendid beech trees and this fungus, the southern bracket (Ganoderma australe) grows on living beech. It is parasitic so sadly it means that the tree this one was on is an advanced state of decay now although the trunk still stands high and proud but the branches are all but gone.

This is quite an impressive species, the brackets on this group were over a foot across and this is why they are colloquially name the shelf fungus. This is a species that can occur at any time of the year, they start clean and fresh like these but soon harden to become dark brown and dirty yellow!

Not one for the pot I'm afraid but it is thought they may have anti-bacterial properties and are, apparently, being investigated for medicinal uses.


 

 

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